As you probably know from late nights re-binging The Office in the dark, the lovable secretary-turned-sales-rep-turned-office-administrator Pam Beesly was permanently banned from the restaurant Chili’s after an unfortunate over-imbibing incident. Well, it looks like, after years of respectfully keeping her distance, Pam (played by Jenna Fischer) is heading back to Chili’s (and for a good cause, too).
In an Office-style video posted to her social accounts Wednesday, Fischer revealed that she would be once again taking up the mantel of Pam to return to Chili’s. Pam was banned from Chili’s back in 2005, but recently made peace with the franchise in 2017 when Chili’s officially lifted the ban after Jenna tweeted about attempting to enter a restaurant. It’s been two years since then, and apparently, now is the time for her to make her grand return.
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True Office fans know how sacred Chili’s is to the mythology of the show—it’s where Phyllis won the “Bushiest Beaver” Dundie award. It’s where Pam won the “Whitest Sneakers” Dundie award. It’s where Pam got so drunk that she kissed Jim for the first time. And, of course, it’s where we all—but mostly Pam—felt God the strongest over the entire course of the series.
What’s really going on here is Jenna is raising money for a group of charities with limited edition Chili’s/The Office merch. Proceeds from the sales will go towards Kids In Need of Defence (KIND), which supports unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children at the U.S. border; Girls on the Run, which teaches girls life lessons through fitness; Comfort Crew for Military Kids, which supports the children of American Military personnel; and AdoptTogether, which connects families looking to adopt and children in need.
Until August 21, fans can get their hands on a variety of shirts, sweaters, crop tops and mugs that say either “Whitest Sneakers Award 2005” or “I Feel God in This Chili’s Tonight.” You can also pick up a limited edition Pam Dundie enamel pin which is Pam as the “Whitest Sneakers” Dundie, holding the “Whitest Sneakers” Dundie. Super meta.
We thought we had enough The Office swag, but what’s another themed cropped sweater? It’s for charity, after all!